POSTED: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 10:12pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:45am
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC 33) – Redistricting is the main topic of discussion as the legislature gets back into action.
While the focus will soon turn to the state’s diminishing Congressional districts, today the topic on lawmakers’ minds is the battle over the number of majority-minority House districts in Louisiana.
Majority-minority districts are those that have more minority than Caucasian residents. Currently 27 of the state’s 105 total House districts fit into this category.. Bill HB1 introduced by House Speaker Jim Tucker would increase that number by two.
Republicans, like Cliff Richardson (R-65th), are generally in favor of the idea. He and his constituents believe, it would dilute the minority vote and it would put them [minorities] in jeopardy of being able to elect a minority in those districts.
The Louisiana Black Caucus disagrees and is pushing for that 30th majority-minority district. It believes the number of majority-minority districts should be equal to the percentage of minorities in the population. Currently, African-Americans make up 31%.of Louisiana's population
Congressmen can offer amendments to the HB1 by five p.m. Tuesday. The following day legislators will discuss these proposed amendments in committee meetings.